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17th Century Tokens : Dorchester-03 in Dorsetshire

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W66: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1667)
O  SIMON EYRE
DORCHESTER 1667 SIMON EYRE
R  Three quatrefoil leaves and a boot, filling the field
[No Legend]
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W67: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1667)
O  SIMON EYRE
DORCHESTER 1667 SIMON EYRE
R  Three quatrefoil leaves and a boot, filling the field
[No Legend]
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Different die from No. 66 being a smaller die and having the boot shorter and thicker, and the figures of the date longer and thinner.

The device on the reverse is no doubt intended for a representation of the armorial bearings of a branch of the family of Eyre, for which see Edmondson's "Complete Body of Heraldry," ed. 1780.

Simon Eyre, son of Rob. Eyre, of Osmington, yeoman, was apprenticed apothecary, 1659.

In St. Peter's register appear several entries relative to children of "Simon Eyris," and on 21st November, 1672, occurs the burial of what appears to read, "Mrs. Simon Eyris and her son Simon Eyris."

Hutchins (ii. 397) says that some years ago there was picked up in the school garden of the Holy Trinity, Dorchester, a signet-ring with "Simon Eyre" on it, and round it, "Dorchester, 1657," and, indeed, he assigns that date to the above token in his plate.

W68: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1666)
O  Three sugar-loaves
RICH FELLOWS IN
R  R S F
DORCHESTER 1666 R S F
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W70: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1656)
O  A castle
RHOMAS HALL IN
R  The Grocers' Arms
DORCHESTER 1656
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W71: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1656)
O  A castle
RHOMAS HALL IN
R  The Grocers' Arms
DORCHESTER 1656
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Different type and smaller die than No. 70.
W72: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1666)
O  A castle
RHOMAS HALL IN
R  The Grocers' Arms
DORCHESTER 1666
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Thomas Hall was one of the bailiffs of the borough in 1667.

In St. Peter's register on 8th November, 1655, occurs the following entry:

"Mr. Thomas Hall and Mrs. Elizabeth Row of Melcome were married in Melcome." Is not this an unusual instance of the entry of a marriage in the register of a parish in which the ceremony did not take place?

In succeeding years there are also entries relative to several children of Thomas Hall, and the burial on 12th August, 1685, of "Elizabeth, the wife of Mr. Thomas Hall," followed on the 20th September, 1692, by the burial of "Mr. Thomas Hall" himself.

W73: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1658)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM MAYCOCK
R  W M
IN DORCHESTER 1658 W M
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W74: Dorsetshire, Dorchester (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM MAYCOCK
R  W M
IN DORCHESTER 1666 W M
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[N. H.] In the register of Holy Trinity occur the names of several children of William Maycock, and on 17th April, 1663, the burial of William Maycock.

This last entry would seem to show that the variety of this token, dated 1666, must have been issued by another William Maycock than he to whom the register refers.

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